ROSEBURG, Ore. — Investigators are examining social media postings made by a man, who they believe is the suspect in Thursday’s mass shootings at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
At least 13 people have died and more than 20 others were injured in the shooting, officials say. The shooter, a man in his 20s, has died, Sheriff John Hanlin said at a press conference Thursday.
The night before the attack, the alleged shooter appears to have had a conversation with others on image-sharing site “4chan”about his intentions, the source said.
The post reads:
“Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest.
happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning
so long space robots”
Some people offered advice on how the original poster could carry out the plan.
“I suggest you enter a classroom and tell people that you will take them as hostages. Make everyone get in one corner and then open fire.
Make sure that there is no way that someone can disarm you as it it possible. I suggest you carry a knife on your belt as last resort if someone is holding your gun.”
Another one added:
“You might want to target a girls school which is safer because there are no beta males throwing themselves for their rescue.
Do not use a shotgun. I would suggest a powerful assault rifle and a pistol or 2x pistols. Possibly the type of pistols who have 15+ ammo”
Unlike Reddit where you have to register with a username, users of 4chan are allowed to post anonymously, making it difficult to track down the original poster.
There is no confirmation yet whether the 4chan post that appeared to predict the Oregon community college shooting is legitimate.